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Macbeth Foil Characters
Transcript of Macbeth Foil Characters
What is a Foil Character?
A Foil character is a minor character whose situation
or action parallel those of a major character.
A Few characters that play the role
of a foil character are:
Lady Macduff vs. Lady Macbeth
Lady Macduff is a very caring and loving mother to her son.
“To leave his wife, to leave his babes from whence himself does fly ? For the poor wren, the most diminutive of birds, will fight, her young ones in her nest, against the owl” (4.2.6-11)
Lady Macduff allows her husband to rule her instead of
her ruling her husband Macduff. She is also loyal to her country
Scotland. While she was talking to Ross, Lady Macduff says, “His flight was madness. When our actions do not, our fears do make us traitors” (4.2.3-4). Macduff considers Macbeth a traitor for leaving the country “every one that does so is a traitor, and must be hanged” (4.2.48-49).
Lady Macbeth vs. Lady Macduff
Lady Macbeth is the total opposite of Lady Macduff .
She appears to be evil while Lady Macduff is loving.
“How tender ‘tis love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out” (1.7.55-58).
Lady Macbeth acts more manly than she does feminine .We constantly see her involving murder and her poor attitude towards Scotland. (Quote 1: 7 page 22 line 40)
Macduff vs. Macbeth
Macbeth is evil while Macduff plays the good role. Macduff is noticed as "holy" and Macbeth is known as "evil". Throughout the story They have two different opinions on death. When Macduff finds out about his family being murdered his reaction is very emotional and leaves him in sadness. As opposed to Macduff, Macbeth believes that all men should deal with death the same way which is with no emotion.
Macbeth vs. Banquo
At the beginning of the story Macbeth make a decision to kill his
friend Banquo because of the witches. Macbeth is predicted to become king, while Banquo is predicted to be the father of many kings. At the beginning of the story Macbeth was very ambitious but Banquo becomes a threat to his ambition.
King Duncan vs. Macbeth
The only similarities between these two characters is that
they where both kings. King Duncan was a fair king who treated people right while Macbeth committed murder because he wanted to be king.